The Syllabus Quiz as an Indicator of Course Performance
Dan Keast, University of Texas of the Permian Basin, United States
E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States ISBN 978-1-939797-45-2 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), San Diego, CA
The “START HERE” is a good beginning, but are you assessing the students’ knowledge of the module? If it’s important enough to you, then consider assessing it. How about a formative syllabus quiz? Annotations for Specific Review Standard 1.1 mention the use of a syllabus quiz or scavenger hunt assignment to lead students through parts of the course or to highlight important policies and activities. Helping a student acclimate to the online learning environment is imperative to their performance within the course. Simply creating a “START HERE” module isn’t enough – we need to make sure the students understand the expectations we have of them through SMART objectives. The other reason is so the students know what to expect from us as faculty, the institution, and their peers in the course!
Over three semesters of teaching N=450 students in a fully online general education course at a small regional university, I found course performance correlated to certain aspects of the syllabus quiz! This research-based presentation will demonstrate performance measures by students and which day the successfully completed the syllabus quiz, the number of attempts the student needed to successfully complete the syllabus quiz, and first attempt score on the syllabus quiz. Attendees will also receive sample syllabus quiz questions from a review of literature.
Let’s have a conversation about improving student success in our courses on the first day by strengthening the syllabus quiz!
Keast, D. (2019). The Syllabus Quiz as an Indicator of Course Performance. In S. Carliner (Ed.), Proceedings of E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education (pp. 98-101). New Orleans, Louisiana, United States: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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